Gluten-Free Kid Friendly Shepard’s Pie by Talin Anderson

It can be so hard sometimes to find foods that your kids will like and eat. I have two super picky boys who start complaining as soon as I tell them it’s time for dinner. Dinner time can be such an ordeal too.

Some recipes have crazy extravagant ingredients which are ok sometimes but when you have small kids, you just need to make quick and easy dinners. Don’t make dinner complicated. If you want an easy, kid friendly dinner then I’ve got you covered! Here is my yummy recipe for Shepherd’s pie.

The thing that is awesome about this meal is that it’s an all in one type of dish, its super hearty and a comfort food. If you don’t want to make a side dish then don’t because all your veggies are in there. The kids love this meal. It’s cheesy and comforting. The adults love this too, trust me!

I always like to add a bit of Tapatio (hot sauce) on mine because I like the spice!  

Gluten-Free Kid Friendly Shepard's Pie
Cheesy and comforting! All-in-one meal that kids and adults will love!
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
25 min
  1. 5 or 6 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into small pieces
  2. 4 TBSP tomato paste
  3. ½ cup chicken broth
  4. 1 frozen bag of Bird's Eye 10 oz frozen vegetables
  5. ½ large onion diced
  6. Salt and Pepper to taste
  7. 1.5 LB ground beef or ground turkey
  8. 2 TBSP olive oil
  9. 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  10. ½ stick of butter
  11. ½ cup milk
  12. 1/3 cup sour cream
  1. Heat the olive oil in a deep pan. Add the sliced onion and cook until translucent.
  2. When the onions are ready, add the ground meat to the pan and brown it nicely. While the meat is cooking, I put the bag of frozen veggies in the microwave and let it steam in its bag. Follow the instructions on the frozen bag for timing!
  3. Add the tomato paste to the meat and stir it into the meat. Put in some salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Poor in the chicken broth and stir. Let everything simmer together until most of the broth has evaporated. This step should only take about a minute or two.
  5. Add the bag of steamed veggies. Be careful to not burn yourself with the steam! Stir all the veggies in nicely then add 1 cup of cheddar cheese and stir it in.
  6. Put the cut up potatoes in a pot of water and boil them until they are tender enough to mash. Drain out the water and add in the butter. Start mashing and mashing away!
  7. Add in the milk, sour cream and more salt and pepper to taste. Keep mashing and mashing!! You'll get a nice arm workout!
  8. Put the meat and veggie mixture into a 13 x 9 pan. Next, you'll need to put the mashed potatoes over the meat and spread it out nicely over the top. Sprinkle the other cup of cheddar cheese on top of the potatoes.
  9. Place the pan into a 350 degree oven and let it bake until the cheese is nice and bubbly, about 25 minutes. Dig in!
  1. You can also use an 8 x 8 casserole dish as shown here.
Busy Bee Kate
Talin (Tall-een) is a Mom of 3 and blogs about parenting, food, fun and travel at Half Stay at Home Mom.  As a registered nurse with the pediatric community she loves working with kids. Check out her other kid friendly meals on her blog.




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